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militia vigilantes shoot one, as protesters attempt to remove New Mexico conquistador statue

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More monuments to oppressors probably need to be removed, just not by force and not with armed reactionaries doing militia cosplay. This time it’s in Albuquerque New Mexico.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — One man was shot in Old Town as a protest over the “La Jornada” sculpture in front of the Albuquerque Museum erupted into violence Monday evening.

The shooting occurred during a clash between individuals trying to take down the controversial sculpture and five or six heavily armed New Mexico Civil Guard members, a civilian group, trying to protect the monument that features conquistador Juan de Oñate.

“One male subject was shot and has been transported to (University of New Mexico Hospital) in unknown condition,” Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said in an email. “Officers are securing the scene. Detectives will be investigating this scene.”

The shooting occurred during a fight between a man in a blue shirt and people trying to pull down the statue. The man was pushed onto the street, pulled a can of mace from his pocket and sprayed it.

At that point, the man in the blue shirt appeared to have pulled a gun and fired about five shots, wounding one.

www.abqjournal.com/…

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— Nick Estes (@nick_w_estes) June 16, 2020

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